WMO, IBD, UNESCO and Partners Organize a Conference on Climate Knowlege in Latin America


14 February, 2014. The climate research community is facing a complex challenge that includes improving current knowledge on the climate system, the interactions among its components and the limits of predictability. In order to address this issue, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Inter-American Institute (IAI), Argentina's Center for Research on Oceans and Atmosphere, and Uruguay's University of the Republic organise the WCRP Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing, linking, and applying climate knowledge. It aims to identify gaps and ways to overcome limitations in the chain of knowledge going from basic to applied climate science and to informing policy and decisions that are particularly relevant for Latin America and the Caribbeans (LAC). The conference will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 17 March to 21 March 2014.

The conference will try to build interdisciplinary capacity, fostering the participation of decision and policy makers, climate and social scientists, and key intermediary institutions in order to contribute to the discussions on the emerging provision of regional Climate Services. It is intended to aid in defining the research agenda needed to contribute to the provision of effective, problem-oriented and demand-driven climate services. This will necessarily require a balance between (i) research focused in improving climate monitoring and predictions at regional and local scales; (ii) research oriented by the demands of socio-economic sectors sensitive to climate, and (iii) research on the process of informing policy and decision-making in the different socioeconomic sectors.

There is a diverse range of socioeconomic sectors sensitive to climate in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, the Conference’s activities will be focused in the following thematic areas: water and energy, agriculture and ecosystems, human health, coastal zones and urban environments. In LAC there are national, regional and international experiences in integrated studies focused on water resources and agriculture. The Conference will provide an opportunity to initiate and/or expand the dialog with stakeholders of those specific socio-economic sectors in order to plan new relevant research activities.
For more information or to register to the conference, click on the following link: http://www.cima.fcen.uba.ar/WCRP/ or contact Analía Fein at the following email address: 2014wcrp@gmail.com.